Team

Andy Hasoon

Chairman and Strategy Director

Andy has been involved in technology and education companies for over 20 years. In 1999, he set up Courseleader.com,  a business which specialised in IT training, and in 2003  he founded 50 Lessons, which was acquired by Skillsoft.com in 2011.

In 2010, Andy founded and became CEO of Milamber, an incubator for technology and education businesses and projects.

Andy has been involved in a number of mergers and acquisitions, and has secured various types of equity funding from a range of sources, including sophisticated investors under the EIS, via VCT funds, institutional investors, and venture capital funding in order to help develop technology and education focused businesses and projects. The Milamber team has secured several grants from various organisations such as the Technology Strategy Board, Singapore Media Development Agency, and the EU and we have put in place strategic partnerships with corporations to help accelerate growth objectives.

Andy has a BSc. (Eng). Hons. degree in Bio Medical Engineering and Bio Medical Materials Science from Queen Mary and Westfield College, part of University of London.  He is co-Author of the 28 book series “Lessons Learned” published by Harvard Business Press.

Christian Andrew

Managing Partner and Portfolio Director

Christian read economics before joining WPP as Business Development Manager.  He became Head of Operations for WPP’s multi-disciplinary Global Vodafone and Russian MTS Teams, where he directed agency resources to deliver integrated solutions.

Since leaving WPP, Christian has had various roles covering Business Strategy, Business Innovation and leading companies as Managing Director. His passion for finding innovative solutions to complex business problems added to his outstanding marketing knowledge and expertise has since led him to specialize in business process and profitability improvement.

Jason Velody

Managing Partner

Jason is an experienced executive recognised for successfully bringing revenue-generative and profitable products/services to market through technical innovation, customer focus and robust strategic planning.

He has broad management experience in technology, business development and building cross-functional teams in diverse technology sectors including digital media, telecommunications, internet, call center automation, data centers, banking/card-services, trading systems/exchanges, plus education companies.

Jason co-founded PacketExchange Limited in 2002 and served as its Chief Information Officer. From 2001 to 2008, Jason served as Founder and Chief Technology Officer of PacketExchange Ltd. From 2008 to 2009, he was Chief Operating Officer of ExpertMarkets Inc in the US.

As Senior Partner of a successful IT and Telecoms consultancy for many years, Jason has a wealth of experience in both start up and operational businesses. From 1998 to 2000, he was Director of Software Engineering at Level 3 Communications.

Charlie Dilks

Managing Partner

Charlie spent over 20 years in the music industry specialising in copyright and IP ownership, licensing, and exploitation, working at a senior level for music labels and music publishers both in the UK and internationally. Charlie was the Director for Membership for the world’s largest performing right organisation, ASCAP.

In 2012 Charlie joined Milamber as the MD for their company DLM (Digital Learning Marketplace) with oversight for product development and content licensing. When DLM was sold Charlie went on to work as MD for a learning and events company securing clients including Deloitte, EY, Merck, Vodafone, NHS, and Barclays.

Recently he has worked for another Milamber portfolio company called Engage Works, specialising in technology enabled events and brand experiences, working as Principal to handle their key clients including EY, Deloitte, SAP and CMS Cameron McKenna.

Kevin Jauncey

Commercial Officer

A graduate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Wales, Kevin began his career with the British Post Office ( then British Telecommunications, BT) where he held a number of senior roles representing the company overseas in Asia and Africa. He was also responsible for a number of key multi-discipline/ multi cultural  international projects which large revenue implications.

On leaving BT after 20 years, Kevin has spent much of his time in Executive and Non Executive board level roles building entrepreneurial companies in technology.  For the last 5 years, this has involved the development of a portfolio of companies in Construction Software, Corporate Learning using Simulations, Video Game Peripheral technology, Telecommunications and IT management software and mobile communications.

Kevin is currently Chairman or on the board of a number of technology companies.

Dapo Ladimeji

Non-Executive Director

Dapo currently manages his own practice specialising in international tax, based in the City. Previously he was International Tax Partner at Chantrey Vellacott  for many years, having set up the international tax department there. His clients have included many of the world’s largest companies and many important industrialists.

For over a decade he was on the main board of Genesis Housing Group, one of the largest social housing businesses in the UK, and chaired Pathmeads Housing Association, the largest provider of temporary housing in the country. He has also been a trustee for JCORE (Jewish Council for Racial Equality) and SCAR (Sickle Cell Anaemia Relief). His interest in new technology led him to be invited to speak as a member of the UN Expert Group on ICT in Geneva and to speak at the UN in New York.

Dapo attended Cambridge University and has an MBA from Insead.

Anastasia Bloom

Head of Investor Relations

A Senior finance specialist with over 20 years of experience across investment banking, wealth management and direct investments, Anastasia has served as a trusted advisor to senior managers, business owners, Family Offices and Boards.

She has navigated businesses through milestone events such as financings, initial public offerings, mergers, acquisitions and takeovers; as well as advising Boards and founders in start ups and emerging businesses. Anastasia brings a wealth of transactional and leadership expertise to the Milamber management team with her extensive knowledge of markets and the investor community.

Amit Burman

Partner

Amit joined Milamber Ventures in March 2017. Alongside this role, he is a Director with Peritus Capital and Privos Capital. Prior to Privos, Amit was a Director with Rising Tide Asia, a multi-billion dollar private investment group based in Singapore, where he focused on direct investments and green field business development in healthcare and education across Asia and Africa. Previously, Amit worked at the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, where he focused on private sector development and project finance for the energy and transportation sectors in Latin America and Africa.

Amit earned a BA in Modern History from the University of Oxford and received his MA in International Relations and Finance from Columbia University

Anna Halpern-Lande

 

Non-Executive Director

A senior member of Shell Technology Ventures. Before joining Shell in 2008, Anna was Vice President, Co-Founder and Executive Board Member of Tellurian Biodiesel, a leading California bio-diesel company.

Previously, Anna has worked for Booz Allen & Hamilton and Wells Fargo & Company. Anna has an AB from Harvard University and an MBA from MIT Sloan.  She is a Board Observer on Glasspoint Board and Advisor on the Advisory Board of Sterling Analytics.

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